Artists and designers in Batheaston have come together to launch the community’s first-ever art trail, and are working hard to make sure the two-day event is such a success it turns into an annual fixture that defines the village as a creative hotspot.
The Batheaston Art Trail will take place on Saturday 2nd October and Sunday 3rd October between 11.30am and 5.30 each day, and consists of a walking route with stops at some 15 artist studios and St John the Baptist Church with a further eight exhibition spaces.
Also on the trail will be a “Big Draw” drawing event as part of the international Big Draw Festival 2021 ( thebigdraw.org ) which celebrates drawing, creativity and art.
The Batheaston Art Trail is being organised by local artists in conjunction with Grow Batheaston, the community project launched in 2020 to help create a greener, more sustainable way of life. A key part of its remit is to engage the community and establish supportive links within
“Make The Change” is the theme for this year’s Big Draw, emphasising – in tune with Grow Batheaston – ways to reconnect with each other, take action, explore and discover ways to live in balance with the world around us.
Details of the artists and their work can be seen on the Art Trail page on Grow Batheaston’s
website ( growbatheaston.co.uk ).
To walk the trail and see the many exhibitions, visitors can pick up a free leaflet from a shop or café in Batheaston or local venues, and use the map – which is also downloadable from the webpage – to find the art that most appeals. Creative work from paintings, prints and photographs to textiles, ceramics, jewellery and more will be on sale at the different venues at prices to suit all pockets,
and poetry is also on offer.
Ceramic artist Rachel Fixsen said: “Going somewhere, on your own or with others, and following an art trail for a morning or an afternoon is such an amazing experience – you really discover a place and all its little side streets, and then you find out how artists live and work behind so many of those normally closed doors.
“We’re doing everything we can to make this first Batheaston Art Trail a success – we’re having a fabulous leaflet and map to make things clear, we’re including a huge variety of all kinds of work, and the Big Draw event gives people the chance to create something themselves too.
“I think this is the start of a new tradition in Batheaston, which could really define us – to ourselves as well as others – as the intensely creative community we are,” Fixsen said.
Venues will be easy to spot, bedecked with purple, white and green bunting – a colour combination referencing the village’s role in the suffragette movement – Eagle House was a refuge for protesters released from prison after hunger strikes from 1909 to 1912.
The trail will also touch the edge of St Catherine’s Valley, and end at the footbridge to the open spaces of the riverside path, and the walled Secret Garden – a good picnic spot.